MLB REBELS: All-Star Break Update

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Zack Cozart
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July 16, 2014

At the All-Star break, the unofficial halfway point of the the Major League Baseball season, here's an update on eight former Rebels who have appeared in the majors this season, including five currently on active rosters, one on the 15-day disabled list and two back in the minor leagues.

30 | Aaron Barrett | RHP | Washington Nationals

Barrett made the Nationals opening day roster and earned a win in relief in his major league debut on March 31. After spending 2013 with the Harrisburg Senators, the Nationals' Double-A affiliate, he has appeared in 35 games for the major league club. He holds a 3-0 record and 2.64 ERA with 36 strikeouts against 17 walks over 30.2 innings of relief. The Nationals are tied for first place in the NL East with a 51-42 record, percentage points ahead of the Atlanta Braves at 52-43.

VIDEO: Barrett rings up Stanton vs. Marlins (April 11)

8 | Chris Coghlan | OF | Chicago Cubs

Coghlan was called up from Triple-A Iowa on May 3 and made his season debut on May 4. Through 58 games, he is hitting .275 (41-for-149) with 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 16 RBI, his best season since 2009, when he was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He is hitting .435 (20-for-46) with 12 RBI in the month of July, including a home run in both games of a doubleheader on July 8. The Cubs are last place in the NL Central with a 40-54 record, 12.0 games back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

VIDEO: Coghlan's double-header homers vs. Reds (July 8)

2 | Zack Cozart | SS | Cincinnati Reds

Cozart has appeared in 90 games with 87 starts at shortstop. He is hitting .233 (74-for-318) with 15 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 22 RBI. Defensively, he ranks fifth among qualified major league shortstops with a .982 filed percentage and has committed just seven errors, which is tied for the fifth-fewest. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt named Cozart the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the season, having saved 17 runs, which is tied for the second-most at any position. The Reds are third place in the NL Central with a 51-44 record, 1.5 games back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

VIDEO: Cozart's diving stop vs. Cubs (July 10)

47 | Phil Irwin | RHP | Texas Rangers

Irwin was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 28, having spent the previous five-plus years with the organization. He was called up from Triple-A Round Rock and lmade his second career major league start on July 8 against the Houston Astros. He gave up three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts over 4.0 innings. He was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock on July 10. The Rangers are last place in the AL West with a 38-57 record, 21.0 games back of the division-leading Oakland Athletics.

VIDEO: Irwin makes Rangers' debut vs. Astros (July 8)

31 | Lance Lynn | RHP | St. Louis Cardinals

Lynn joined elite company as he became the first Cardinals pitcher since Bob Gibson (1968-70) to win 10 or more games before the All-Star break in three consecutive years. He earned the win as he allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a 5-2 win over the Pirates on July 9. Earlier this season, he tossed a complete-game shutout on May 27 against the New York Yankees as he scattered five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. For the season, he holds a 10-6 record and 3.14 ERA with 101 strikeouts against 42 walks over 19 starts (114.2 innings). He is one of 14 pitchers with double-digit wins and triple-digit strikeouts this season. Over his two starts in the month of July, both wins, he has a season-best 1.35 ERA and .224 opponents' batting average. The Cardinals are second place in the NL Central with a 52-44 record, 1.0 game back of the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

VIDEO: Lynn's earns win No. 10 vs. Pirates (July 9)

13 | Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Oakland Athletics

Pomeranz started the season in the bullpen, where he appeared in nine games and posted a 1.98 ERA over 13.2 innings, before making his first start of the season on May 7. After joining the rotation, he worked 18 scoreless innings over three-plus starts. He worked a season-long 7.0 innings on June 5 and June 10 before landing on the 15-day disabled list on June 17. He was activated off the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on July 13. For the season, he holds a 5-4 record and 2.91 ERA with 48 strikeouts against 23 walks over 55.2 innings. The Athletics (59-36) have the best record in baseball, 1.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem in the AL West.

VIDEO: Pomeranz's strong start vs. Rays (May 20)

8 | Alex Presley | OF | Houston Astros

Presley was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins during the offseason and made the Astros opening day roster. He has appeared in 70 games with 13 starts in center, 27 in left and 12 in right. He is hitting .252 (52-for-206) with five doubles, a triple and five home runs. With Dexter Fowler on the disabled list, Presley got a chance to play every day in center field before landing on the 15-day disabled list himself on July 8. He had been hitting .342 (13-for-38) since Fowler went on the disabled list on June 27. The Astros are fourth place in the AL West with a 40-56 record, 19.5 games back of the division-leading Oakland Athletics.

VIDEO: Presley's solo homer vs. Rangers (July 7)

12 | Seth Smith | OF | San Diego Padres

Smith was obtained in offseason trade from the Oakland Athletics, where he spent the previous two seasons. He has appeared in 81 games with 50 starts in left and 21 in right. He leads the Padres in most statistical categories, including batting average (.283), doubles (20), triples (4), home runs (20), walks (42), on-base percentage (.387), slugging percentage (.508) and OPS (.895). His on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS also rank among the top 10 players in the National League. He is hitting a season-best .370 (10-for-27) in the month of July, which also saw him sign a two-year, $13 million contract extension with the Padres through 2016 with a club option for 2017. The Padres are third place in the NL West, 12.0 games back of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

VIDEO: Smith's big game at the plate vs. Reds (July 1)

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